All his disciples deserted him and ran away.
Do you know the feeling of being abandoned? Unfortunately, some people experience it when their parents divorce or when a friend or spouse suddenly leaves.
In today's Bible passage, we read that the disciples deserted Jesus and ran away. What was happening to Jesus? He had already experienced a partial separation from the Father because of his human birth. But as he approached the cross, he experienced gradually increasing loneliness. First, all twelve disciples were with him in the upper room, but Judas left. Eleven disciples went with him to the garden of Gethsemane, and then three of them accompanied him a short distance for prayer-yet they fell asleep. After Jesus was arrested, two disciples, Peter and John, went into the nearby courtyard to watch the trial, but Peter denied knowing Jesus three times.
Although Jesus' closest friends had abandoned him, the Father was still with him. In John 16:32, Jesus predicted, "The time is coming-indeed it's here now-when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me."
Then at the cross, in some way we can't fully understand, the Father forsook the Son, and his wrath at the sins of the world was unleashed. While Jesus was on the cross, God treated him as if by substitution he had lived your sinful life-and mine. Only after that could the Father treat us as if we had lived Jesus' perfect and righteous life.
Jesus Christ took your place so you never have to feel alone. He will never leave you or forsake you. As the song "How Firm a Foundation" says,
The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no, never, no, never forsake!
In His strong love,